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T-Mobile USA And HTC To Offer First Android Phone

Posted by Eric Zeman, Aug 15, 2008 09:14 AM


HTC will launch the first commercially available smartphone running the Android platform on T-Mobile USA's network, according to a new report. It will be available by Christmas, and maybe as early as October. This is not a big surprise.

HTC has confirmed its commitment to producing an Android phone sometime this year again and again. It is the one hardware manufacturer that has publicly said that it is going to give Android a chance. HTC's CEO said as much in November 2007, shortly after Google (NSDQ: GOOG) announced Android...

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T-Mobile To Offer Android-Based Phone By Christmas



T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer an Android-based mobile phone, according to a report by the New York Times. The phone will be manufactured by HTC and will likely draw comparisons to Apple's iPhone.

The high-end phone is expected to match many of the capabilities of Apple’s iPhone and other so-called smartphones that run software from Palm, Research in Motion, Microsoft and Nokia to access the Internet and perform computerlike functions. The HTC phone, which many gadget sites are calling the “dream,” will have a touch screen, like the iPhone. But the screen also slides out to expose a full five-row keyboard.

Since it was announced last November, Google's Android mobile phone platform and SDK has seen its share of criticism as development has continued.

According to the article, a recent low-quality YouTube video posted of the phone and its software is likely accurate.

It's recently been rumored that T-Mobile is preparing to launch an app-store for all of its devices.

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wadejc85

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I don't see anything special in the phone. Maybe it's just me?

Plus, the keyboard looked kind of annoying to type on.
 

monke

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Didn't Apple look into having a slide out keyboard for the iPhone too?

It looks like a cool phone, but will it have the feature set to beat an iPhone? Probably not.
 

kjs862

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Competition is good. Maybe once this comes out Apple will work harder to get the software bugs out of the iphone.
 

plumbingandtech

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For a moment there, when the google rumors where new way back when, I thought they might have a shot at crippling the new iphone market share.

I no longer worry.

They may sell a lot.

Then again quality != quality.

I'm sure the kiddies with the sidekicks will want to upgrade to this sort of thing though.
 

mrrydogg

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Perfect combination....

Awful, grainy video and someone with a breathing disorder. Did it really need to have sound?

I don't mind the slide out keyboard. Would be a cool option on the iPhone (especially if it included some basic game controller keys). I probably wouldn't use it that much, but it would be nice to have.
 

Klaxons2012

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I'm not a big fan of HTC manufacturing. My parents bought two HTC phones and when they would use the GPS, the thing could bake a Pizza. I think it would take a great effort from the Android dev folks and HTC to come out with a strong competitor. Apple had me on content delivery alone, so if this App Store has great things to offer and they aren't like the current crop of WinMo apps now (for the most part are useless), then I'd be interested at best. I'm pretty happy with my iPhone.
 

nickspohn

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It's going to fail.


Anyone who wanted an advanced touch screen phone has bought one by now, and i can say that once your an iPhone user, you are going to one for a while. Android will do okay, but it's going to flop compared to what some of the people say and how well it will do.
 

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I don't mind the slide out keyboard. Would be a cool option on the iPhone (especially if it included some basic game controller keys). I probably wouldn't use it that much, but it would be nice to have.

I hated the slide out keyboard on the Cingular 8125. The phone's screen kept getting stuck in the portrait position instead of changing to landscape. Plus, the keys were so small that I would accidentally hit send SMS message instead of the letters I was trying to type.

Granted, the phone ran Windows, which explained all the problems. :p

But the 8125 was twice as thick as the iPhone. So.... I'd rather not have a keyboard.
 

Klaxons2012

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I don't mind the slide out keyboard. Would be a cool option on the iPhone (especially if it included some basic game controller keys). I probably wouldn't use it that much, but it would be nice to have.

I'm in the same camp. I like to type fast and sometimes the iPhone's softkey has a hard time keeping up. A physical keyboard would be nice and game control keys would be a deal closer.
 

Klaxons2012

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I hated the slide out keyboard on the Cingular 8125. The phone's screen kept getting stuck in the portrait position instead of changing to landscape. Plus, the keys were so small that I would accidentally hit send SMS message instead of the letters I was trying to type.

Granted, the phone ran Windows, which explained all the problems. :p

But the 8125 was twice as thick as the iPhone. So.... I'd rather not have a keyboard.

Did you ever have battery/heat issues with yours?
 

striatic

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looks like a solid design. essentially a sidekick with the screen exposed, which isn't exactly radical but offers a lot over the current iPhone interface.

clearly there is a lot of demand to hack these devices, something that Apple has continually sought to curtail, if Android can allow for greater flexibility in terms of customization i think that would appeal to a lot of people.

and while the iPhone is a great piece of hardware, it only comes in one form factor, and that form factor isn't going to be right for everyone. some people just need a keypad, and if an Android phone has one they'll go with it.

i hope Android is very successful and puts Apple into a position where they have to open up the iPhone more.
 
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